Costa Caribbean Cruise: A Window to Italy

By David Yeskel   I’ll be honest. I knew that a 7-day Caribbean sailing on Costa Cruises’ Costa Deliziosa would be different from competing mass-market ships sailing out of South Florida. I just never imagined it would be that different.  In fact, it’s more than a cruise experience; I’d actually describe it as a taste of […]

Got These? Ten Travel Gadgets to Watch from CES 2019

What do you get when 180,000 verified geeks and 4,500 newfangled gadgets descend upon a few long blocks in Las Vegas? A lot of enhanced plastic, paper and wires and a possibly scary vision of the future at what is now fondly called CES. The Consumer Electronics show that has been happening yearly since 1967 […]

New ships for cruising

HAL’s Nieuw Statendam Raises the Bar on Premium Cruising

By David Yeskel If you were smitten – as I was – by the new, modern look and feel of Holland America Line’s (HAL) Koningsdam upon her debut in 2016, prepare for the love affair to continue with a just-delivered sister ship, Nieuw Statendam.  And while the gorgeous, 2,666-passenger vessel matches her sibling’s lighter, contemporary […]

chocolate tours for foodies

Chocolate Travel Whets the Wanderlust

By Susan McKee   Chocolate is a good reason to travel – especially in February. Whether you prefer your chocolate hot, liquid and topped with marshmallows, or as a dark and flavorful coating for a yummy ganache filling, there’s a chocolate event to meet your taste. What about pairing your chocolate treats with red wine? […]

Catching the Cannabis Wave in Travel

Cannabidiol or CBD, a hemp derivative emerging from recent relaxation of restrictions in marijuana laws in the U.S. and Canada, is now showing up in spas, on health shop shelves, in foods, teas, even lipsticks. A recent invitation to Glen Ivy Hot Springs in Corona, CA came with a chance to experience a CBD massage […]

Airbnb-Style Vacation Rentals Boosting Markets for Agents

The U.S. private accommodations market is set to reach $36.6B this year with the proliferation of third-party home rental sites and the continued growth of market leaders, such as Airbnb and VRBO. In fact, in 2016, private accommodation grew 11%, nearly twice as fast as the total U.S. travel market. While growth is expected to […]